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  NBC    Today    News/Business. Shawn Stockman.  (2011) A mother of 11 goes to  
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    September 28, 2011
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good morning. haunting voice. the manslaughter trial of michael jackson's doctor opens with a chilling recording of the singer, made just weeks before his death. >> when people leave my show, i want them to say, i've never seen nothing like this in my life. go. go. >> this morning new details on a dramatic first day in court.
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your country needs you. new jersey governor chris christie appears to leave the door slightly open when a supporter presses him to run for president. >> i thank you for what you're saying, and i take it in and i'm listening to every word of it and feeling it, too. >> is he now reconsidering joining the gop field? own too hot. r rihanna turns a video shoot in ireland into an r-rated affair running afoul with the farmer who owns the property. what she did to get the boot. "today," wednesday, september 28th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> that's right, nice to have you back. >> good to be back thank you. >> i'm ann curry.
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even seasoned court watchers were surprised how fast the trial started. >> several members of the jackson family were in the courtroom to hear arguments. his mother brought to ears tear some of the evidence brought to bear. the high profile, as one high profile case gets under way another is winding down. amanda knox's verdict is going to be handed down possibly as soon as saturday. her father will be with us this morning. nasty rumors in one town with v residents in an uproar and blaming it all on a very controversial website. we'll explain in a moment.
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the stuns first day of court in the trial of michael jackson's doctor. jeff rossen is outside the courthouse. >> reporter: good morning to you. prosecutors wasted no time. in minutes of opening statements the prosecutors dropped a new photo of michael jackson we've never seen before and then an audio recording played for the jury in open court of michael jackson, like we've never heard him before. with a deep voice, incoherent. even by hollywood standards, complete with a specticle outside, the shocker in court came early. >> the evidence in this case will show that michael jackson literally put his life in the hands of conrad murray. conrad murray repeatedly acted
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with gross negligence. >> reporter: and prosecutors brought visuals showing the jury the side by side photos, on the left, june 24th, michael jackson alert and dancing during rehearsal. on the right, just 12 hours later, michael's lifeless body on a gurney at ucla medical center, a photo never made public, until now. >> what happened during that time frame is that the acts and the omissions of michael jackson's personal doctor, conrad murray, directly led to his premature death at the age of 50. >> reporter: but the biggest surprise was yet to come. dr. murray had recorded michael jackson on his iphone, a month and a half before his death. ♪ why, why >> reporter: on the tape you hear michael drugged up, prosecutors say and barely making sense, talking about his upcoming tour.
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>> when people leave my show, i want them to say, i've never seen nothing like this in my life. go. go. >> and what does he do with that knowledge? what does he do with that information? on may 12th, he orders another shipment of propofol. >> this is one lethargic, barely able to compose a sentence, sounds completely loaded and the doctor is going to say i used good judgment in giving him propofol, hard to overcome. >> strong for the prosecution. >> best piece of evidence i've seen so far. >> reporter: dr. murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter, facing four years in prison, accused of giving a lethal dose of propofol to michael and in court the jackson family came to see it all
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including mother katherine, jermaine, latoya and janet. dr. murray broke down in tears as his lawyer laid out their defense. >> i'm not saying abandon your heart at the door, i'm saying listen to the science, and you will know the truth. >> reporter: the defense, says murray, was trying to wean jackson off propofol but they say the morning of his death, jackson was begging for the drug and dr. murray reluctantly gave him a small dose but the real centerpiece of their argument is that michael jackson later gave himself a higher dose. >> the scientific evidence will show you that when dr. murray left the room, michael jackson self-administered a dose of propofol that, with the lorazepam created a perfect storm in his body that killed him instantly. >> reporter: in court tuesday, the first witness on the
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stand -- >> is in that light -- >> reporter: kenny ortega, director of the comeback tour who wrote an e-mail to the tour's promoter worried about michael's health. >> as far as i know there is no one taking responsibility caring for him on a daily basis. >> reporter: prosecutors say the audiotape, michael's only garbled words, proves it. >> it's amazing, he's the greatest entertainer in the world. >> reporter: by the way, latoya jackson was tweeting inside the courtroom and a couple of things she wrote "seeing his lifeless body laying there on the gurney is heartwrenching" and also "this is all a big conspiracy and the doctor knows exactly what happened." another big day here in court, michael jackson's employees will be on the stand, including his personal assistant. >> all right, jeff rossen thank you so much.
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samantha guthrie "today's" legal correspondent, star jones, former prosecutor and nancy, thank you for being here. >> first of all what it stands for, here you hear michael jackson in that courtroom sounding so slurry, so intoxicated and two days later this doctor is purchasing massive quantities of propofol but opening statements are the chance for the prosecutor to make first impressions and introduce the characters in the trial. number one i thought the tape made michael jackson seem extremely sympathetic. it was heartbreaking. jackson comes with a lot of baggage with the allegations against him but this was a sympathetic figure we heard in the courtroom. number two if i am a juror i'm wondering what on earth that doctor was doing recording michael jackson in this state. >> that's more interesting for the prosecution. what can the prosecution make of the fact that it was the doctor who is the source of this tape, star? >> dr. murray appears to want to
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protect himself before he basically even begins treating michael jackson. he's acting as if he needs to stave off liability later on. >> that's a charitable interpretation. >> i'm being kind about that. if he also wants to have some blackmail ability for michael jackson later on, it's on the opposite end so there are some nefarious reasons he could have taped his patient, none of them i could come up with is a good reason. >> and the defense didn't explain it, didn't try to explain it. >> we'll find out what happens in the course of the trial. nancy, what should it have told dr. murray? >> that's not propofol slurring. it washes out of the body one to three minutes and it's the kind of medication that has to drip slowly. if you push it through a syringe, that's when you can really put someone in harm's
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way. so this sounds to me like an anti-anxiety drug or a valium kind of drug, and probably multiple pills, to allow him to cohesively think of what he wants to say but not be able to execute the language. >> okay, that said now, the crux of this case seems to somewhat be on whether or not michael jackson could have self-administered propofol, because it is, seems pretty clear that he was alreadyez these anti-anxiety drugs, including lorazepam. if you're on this kind of drug is it even possible? >> any good junky can tell you you can shoot up if you know how but propofol requires an iv, some sort of catheter. the question would be why would he have an iv in, why was his medication given at 9:15 in the morning, which is not a normal time people sleep, even though michael jackson was a night owl. they'll have to demonstrate how
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you would self-administer propofol which is not something that the average person would be able to do. >> yes or no, dr. conrad murray was incompetent? >> he's incompetent for one huge reason, while giving propofol he left the patient's bedside and when the patient arrested did not put that body on a hard surface and could do a thorough cpr. from those two points absolutely incompetence. >> does it prove involuntary manslaughter with i erer which recklessness and negligence? savannah? >> the standard is a gross deviation from care. it's criminal negligence, it's not just malpractice. certainly incompetence would qualify but of course prosecutors are alleging something more. prosecutors laid out 11 different ways this doctor deviated from the standard of care that any reasonable doctor would have given. some might make the argument giving propofol at all outside a hospital context which dr.
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murray has already acknowledged amounts to the recklessness. >> it's not a sleep aid. it's not for sleep. >> without life saving equipment, without an assistant there to help administer it, propofol is what they use to take out your heart, and i know that from experience. >> it's a great outpatient drug. it's not a sleep medication. >> the defense was saying that michaejackson died so fast, he could not have saved him, that he didn't have time to close his eyes. >> that's going to be a battle of the experts. the prosecution's experts are going to say with life-saving equipment, there was açó chance that he could have been saved. >> he may have died so fast but the question is could they have prevented the death andçó i thi that's the bigger question. >> nancy, star, savannah, to be continued, thank you so much. more on the trial later on. 7:12, here is matt. now to politics and the 2012 presidential race. last night new jersey's republican governor chris christie had a chance to end all
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speculation that he's reconsidering a run for the white house, but in some ways he managed to fan the flames even a little bit more. nbc's chief white house correspondent chuck todd is in washington. chuck, take me through it. >> well, let's go back to 1991, then new york governor mario cue wo cuomo left a plane on the tarmac before deciding whether to run or not. for chris christie, he appeared to be definitive about not running and left those hoping he'll change his mind something to cling to. >> can you tell us what's going on here? are you considering or are you standing firm? >> reporter: it's the question on everyone's mind, and chris christie had some fun with it. poking fun at his audience, because it was the second question asked. >> you folks are an incredible disappointment as an audience.
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[ laughter ] the fact that that took to second question -- >> reporter: with speculation at a near frenzy, tough-talking new jersey governor chris christie got a bit cute in his latest attempt to deny interest in running for president. >> everyone go to politico.com, it's on the front page, i'm not going to bore you with it now. click on it, those are the answers. no way. not going to happen. i'm not running. i'm 100% certain i'm not going to run. christ >> reporter: at the reagan library a speechñi sounded likee was presenting his case for the presidency. >> we have watched as we drift from conflict to conflict with little or no resolution. we watch a president who once talked about the courage of his convictionsñ@cut still has yet found the courage to lead. we watch a kncongress at war wi itself because they're unwilling
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to leave campaign style politics at the door. >> reporter: the audience would not take no for an answer. >> i mean this with all my heart, we can't wait another four years to 2016. we need you. your country needs you to run for president. >> i hear exactly what you're saying and i feel the passion with which you say it, and it touches me. fact of the matter is, that anybody who has an ego large enough to say oh, please, please, please stop asking me to be leader of the free world -- [ laughter ] it's such a burden. if you could please just stop. it's extraordinarily flattering but by the same token, that heartfelt message you gave me is also not a reason for me to do it. that reason has to reside inside
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me, and so that's what i've said all along. my answer to you is just this. i thank you for what you're saying, and i take it in and i'm listening to every word of it and feeling it, too. >> so here's where things stand, matt. i'm told by someone close to the governor we should definitely interpret those last remarks as the governor giving a candidacy serious reconsideration. the reality is, though, they only have about two weeks before the first deadlines to get on actual primary ballots staring them in the face, couldn't come at a worst time for republicans actually running trying to raise money because everything is now frozen. >> chuck todd in washington this morning, thank you very much. nbc's tom brokaw is here with his take on the state of the presidential race. good morning. wow he's good. when you listen to the way chris christie answers those questions, when you hear it coming from the heart, it sounds spontaneous, he's funny and charming. is that why people like this guy so much? >> he's not an ideologue.
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a heavy set guy with a new jersey accent. a lot of this started last summer, not an advertisement for myself, i interviewed him at a conference in sun valley, all off the record and i've rarely seen a candidate light up a room which included a lot of democrats and it was because he was candid and self-depricating and played outside of the lines of the republican party. >> a lot of people talk about how charming and spontaneous he is but according to articles in the past week a lot of conservative republicans loving the fact he's a fiscal conservative perhaps aren't going to like his stand on other issues like immigration, gun control and education reform. have they taken a close enough look at this guy in. >> i do think that is an issue. the question is who is going to run the republican primaries? right now, the dialogue is being dominated by the tea party but there are a lot of other
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republicans who say we've got to play outside of the tea party playbook and this is a guy who can do that. >> chuck brings up an interesting point at the end of his. piece, what would it be like to be one of the declared republican candidates now, a mitt romney, rick perry, or ron paul, you pick it, and hear this constant deafening drum beat for someone else to run? >> you know, this has been going on all summer long before perry got in, there was the same drum beat, how can we get him in, then he loses the florida straw poll to herman cain and a lot of people were having doubts about his ability to handle himself in a lot of positions he's taking. this is not unusual at this stage. four years ago, we had hillary clinton way out in front of barack obama, but he was coming up fast on the inside track. we're in what i call the pre-super bowl scrum at the moment. >> and rudy giuliani was the front-runner, john mccain who
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eventually got the nomination was this third. david axelrod has said the president is facing a "titanic struggle" to get reelected in the face of this economy. is he stating the facts or trying to make barack obama an underdog? >> no, i think he's stating the facts. i was in another seminar over the weekend and we all agreed the referendum next year will be on barack obama and the issue of jobs and the economy. it's not getting better at a pace everyone expected it to. a lot of people are worried about a real double dip and what's going on globally and it all comes down to the desk in the oval office when you go into an election after you've been in office for four years so he's got a very tough road ahead of him, matt. >> tom brokaw good to see. >> always good to see you. 19 minutes after the hour. savannah doing double duty at the news desk. natalie is on assignment.
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listeria laced cantaloupes from colorado have sparked the deadliest outbreak, 13 have died and 17 others infected. 18 states reported illnesses. the cdc traced the tainted cantaloupes to jensen farms. photos and videos taken of osama bin laden after he was killed could damage national security if released. a lawsuit under the freedom of information act is calling for the release of images taken from the raid on bin laden's compound back in may of this year. tensions are escalating yet again between israel and the palestinians after israel gave the green light to construction of 1,100 new jewish housing units in east jerusalem. the palestinians condemned the action and secretary of state hillary clinton called the
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action counterproductive to negotiations. planned parenthood provides a variety of health services and the country's largest abortion provider. republicans are investigating whether taxpayers are unknowingly paying for terminating pregnancies which would be a violation of law. democrats say it is regularly and publicly audited and republicans are trying to shut it down. to wall street, cnbc's courtney regan is at the new york stock exchange. good morning to you. >> good morning, investors continue to watch for headlines out of europe as the region's debt crisis continues and markets waiting for another vote on the eurozone's bailout fund. there is some concern disagreement between european leaders over greece's bailout terms could temper stock market gands again today. the dow lost nearly half of the day's gains in the last 90 minutes of tuesday's trade. >> courtney reagan on wall
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street, thank you. tv's favorite krcrumudgeon officially ending his run. he'll no longer be a regular on "60 minutes." now age 92, andy rooney has been a regular contributor on the newsmagazine since 1978. it's 7:22, back to matt, ann and al, a grumpy fixture we'll all miss. >> he's an iconic figure. >> you're going to continue until you're 92. >> look at these two anchored that have gathered on my desk, someone wearing green, the other, well, what the heck. >> mr. roker, what's happening? >> well we've got that low pressure system we've been talking about and ophelia is back, tropical depression ophelia, 205 miles east of the northern leeward island, may threaten bermuda as a category 1
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hurricane and we've got that low pressure still spinning around the great lakes. yesterday it was on the west side of chicago, today the east side of chicago. some rain in new york and parts of pennsylvania may see one to three inches of rain and there are flash flood watches up through central pennsylvania on into new york state. >> good morning, we will see off and on showers or thunderstorms and it won't be steady but some storms could drop heavy amounts of rain. you might get a p >> and that's your latest weather. matt? >> al thank you very much. just ahead how is amanda
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knox feeling with the murder conviction appeal just days a y away. we'll talk to her father in a live interview. first this is "today" on nbc.
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and still to come this morning, how salacious gossip spread on the website that lets users he main anonymous is ripping one small town apart. moreap >> live, local, late-breaking - this wbal-tv 11 news in baltimore. >> good morning, i am stan stovall at 7:26. we have word of a deadly early- morning house fire in northwest baltimore. fire crews were called to the 2800 block of mohawk avenue
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before 5:00 this morning. they found one person dead inside and a second person was pronounced dead at an area hospital. because of the fire remains under investigation. let's get a check on the traffic. >> if you're going to head out this morning on northbound 795, there is another problem past owings mills. we have closures along moloch ave. in joppa watch out for closures along mountain road. we have volume-related closures. the jfx is ok for now. from bellaire toward the harrisburg expressway, you're tapping your brakes on the west side. there are southbound delays on
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795. this is what traffic looks like on the west side coming off the rams for 795. -- off the ramp 4795. >> the weather is fairly quiet around baltimore but that will change over the next hour and a half. we're watching heavy rain moving into d.c. and it should arrive around baltimore within the next hour or so. the further into drive time, the better chance you will run into heavy rain. variable clouds today with a chance for showers and thunderstorms and high temperatures will be in the upper 70's and the same story to moral and dry and cool over
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7:30 now on this wednesday rning, the 28th day of september, 2011, plenty of crowds to begin today in manhattan. look at this, the crowd is smiling bright despite the umbrellas, waving to their loved inside studio 1a i'mñi ann curr along mr. matt lauer. we missed you. >> it's good to be back. and coming back in the middle of a couple of billing triag trial.
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>> no kidding. knox and her murder conviction appeal is nearing. her father just met with her in prison this morning, he'll be speaking outñi in a live intervw straight ahead. when gossip goes too far, rumors and lies spread online got son out of control in one missouri town some residents decided to move. the story on that is coming up. >> really kind of crazy there. also much more on the trial of michael jackson's personal physician, it's already provided plenty of drama on day one so will it become the next so-called trial of the century? we'll address that coming up. let's begin this half hour with a check of the weather from mr. roker who ventured outside. >> a little misty out here, the gens girls, where are you from? >> eureka, kale iccalifornia.
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>> cool. >> texas. >> all right, texas, don't mess with texas. we'll show you the afternoon temperatures, 60s, 70s in the northeast, also back from the upper level low, and temperatures 80s and 90s from texas on into the central plains, 67 in seattle today with plenty of sunshine, showers along the gulf coast, more rain in the northeast, heavy at times, look for a few showers in the central great lakes.ce >> good morning, we will see off and on showers or thunderstorms and it won't be steady but some storms could drop heavy amounts of rain. you might get a pee
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>> don't forget you can get your weather any time of the day or night, go to the weather channel or weather.com online. ann? >> thank you so much. to washington state where child welfare officials placed the children of missing utah woman susan powell with susan's parents. the boys had been living with their father until he was arrested on child porn charges. >> reporter: josh powell told a judge his children belong with him, that he and his two boys would no longer live with his father, steven powell, charged with 14 counts of voyeurism and child pornography. >> reporter: last month police raided his home hauling away boxes of evidence. although josh is not a suspect in the child porn case
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authorities say he's under investigation as they go through 15 computers found in the home. >> mr. powell is the subject of that investigation and that's the concern that the department has. >> reporter: susan powell vanished in 2009, on the same day josh told police he took his boys camping overnight in a snowstorm. police have named josh a person of interest in the case, but josh has denied any involvement in his wife's disappearance. >> joshua powell has not cooperated with law enforcement. >> reporter: in court, a lawyer for susan's father indicated that the boys may know something about their mother's disappearance. >> those kids may know something and he sure has tas the dickenst want the kids talking to anybody who could help identify what it is they do now. >> reporter: miguel almaguere,
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loss a nbc news. the verdict trial of amanda knox, keith, good morning to you. >> reporter: it's been extraordinarily interesting throughout the trial from she devil to jessica rabbit amman do knox's character has been at the center of the appeals in the trial and massive contradictions and is she in fact the all-american girl or as the prosecution says is she evil? who is the real amanda knox? it appears in these closing arguments that lawyers hope that by revealing the character they can win their side of the appeal. on tuesday, defense lawyers argued knox has been unfairly portrayed by the prosecution. the judge and jury were told not to mistake tenderness with sexual obsession.
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"she is no diabolical maneater" declared the defense "but more like the character jessica rabbit from the movie cartoon with the memorable line, i'm not bad, just drawn that way." it was one of the few light moments in a gruelling summation that has both sides going for the knockout in the appeal. representing raffaele sollecito who was convicted along with knox of murdering meredith kercher, lawyers shredded the prosecution's case, the tna found unreliable by court appointed experts and pointed out inconsistencies in the circumstantial evidence. lawyers for knox are telling the family they are confident the guilty verdict will be overturned. but knox is clearly suffering from the stress of not knowing her future. her hair is visibly thinner and she's not eating or sleeping properly. >> you feel nauseous all day
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long. it's this, you can't settle. you can't relax, and amanda's not sleeping. her first day was here, i remember looking at the back of her arms and she has had hives everywhere. >> reporter: knox was just 20 years old when she was arrested for murder. defense lawyers told the court knox was immature and naive back then, but no murderer. the chief judge is trying to push this appeals trial along, hoping to wrap everything by friday. if that is the case in and fact we could get a verdict as early as saturday. matt? >> keith miller in italy for thus morning, keith, thank you very much. how is ammaanda knox holdin up? we're joined by amanda's father, curt knox. good to see you. good morning. >> good morning to you. >> i can only imagine what she is thinking in prison right now, in a couple of days she will either have great news or terrible news.
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how would you describe her emotions? >> well, today at visitation she was very anxious. she knows she's innocent but to be just a couple of days away from having somebody determine your future that you have no control over is extraordinarily hard on her, so we're hoping that she stays together all the way through the arest of this and that we get the right outcome we're looking for. >> it's been, curt, a very, very difficult week or so in court. amanda has sat there listening to lawyers for the prosecution, and a lawyer in a civil trial not only go over what they see as the facts in thisçó case but really launch a personal character assassination against your daughter. how did she handle that? >> well, you know, listening to an all-out assault and describing you as somebody that just doesn't exist was extraordinarily hard on her. i watched her wince a number of times, you know, when certain names are being called and especially by people that have,
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you know, never even spoken to her, have no idea who she is, so it was very difficult, but you know, defense arguments are now beginning so i think things are going to look better for her. >> over the last four years you've become what of a student of the italian legal system. the jury is made up of six lay people and a judge and assistant judge. are you worried that they will be swayed by the kind of emotional testimony that was presented in this court this week? >> you know, i would like to believe that they're going to focus on the actual evidence that was presented during the appeals trial versus the actual emotion of it, because you know there were some things that were done specifically by the kercher family lawyer in showing, you know, pictures of meredith that i thought were flat disgusting and you know, it leads me to believe that there's a bit of desperation from the prosecution side on how this verdict will actually come out, but we're hoping that it comes out the right way. >> amanda will get her chance in
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court either on thursday or on friday to make a statement. who's working with her on the crafting of that statement? is it something she's working closely with her attorneys on? i know she's an avid writer. does she want this to be in her own voice? >> well she absolutely does. i mean she's been working on it for over three months and it's going to be truly heartfelt and to be very honest be very painful to listen to, just because you've got a 24-year-old kid that's essentially fighting to are her life and this is her last chance to actually tell the judge and jury that she truly had nothing to do with this horrific crime. >> i was reading something this morning, curt, where you gave an interview and saying at a recent visit with amanda in prison, she asked you a question, and she said, what are the ten things you want to do when i get home? and i think one of the things you mentioned was celebrate your 21st birthday, because as a family, you missed that. but you thought the question was
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important, why? >> well, you know, it leads you to believe that she's looking forward and hopefully seeing that she's going to be able to come home with us this time, and we hope that will take place. >> curt knox, i know it's an anxious time for you and your family and obviously for amanda and i appreciate you taking the time this morning to talk to me. >> thank you for having me. up next, the small town that's being torn apart by gossip spread on a controversial website. that's right after this. -with the bankamericard cash rewards credit card, we earn more cash back for the things we buy most. it's 1% cash back everywhere, every time. 2% on groceries. 3% on gas. automatically. no hoops to jump through. that's 1% cash back on oscar. ...tony. oscar! 2% back on whatever she'll eat. 3% back on filling up this baby. [ male announcer ] now get 1-2-3 percent cash back. it's that simple. [ male announcer ] apply online or at a bank of america near you.
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back now at 7:44, it's been said nothing travels faster than goss gossip. thanks to a gossip website the gossip in one missouri town has taken a nasty and public turn. here's nbc's kevin tibbles. >> reporter: in small towns across the country it is to the local diner people come for a cup of coffee and a little goss gossip. at dee's place in mountain, missouri, gossip has gone too far. >> causes a lot of trouble. >> reporter: nasty stuff? >> nasty stuff. >> reporter: so nasty it became the subject of a "new york times" cover story, some of the town's 4,000 residents have taken to using a website called topix to dish their dirt.
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>> cyber terrorist, that's what i believe, they are cyber terrorists. >> reporter: they post often salacious accusations about others and do it all anonymously. >> they said a whore with aids. >> reporter: it's awful. >> right, very untrue. >> reporter: after reading what jennifer james says is a bunch of lies she's uncomfortable leaving her home. >> to come into town and to see people stare at me and give me looks, sometimes dirty looks, it felt like i was being talked about. >> reporter: lorraine kusior, a former family counselor. >> look at, lorraines sex club. >> reporter: now sees herself on topix being described as running a sex cluck. >> i can't go anywhere without somebody saying i read this about topix, what's going on with you? i don't really need to talk about my personal life with anybody. >> reporter: topix says it's the best place on the internet to
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logon and talk about your town, and stands by its decision to allow posters to remain anonymous. >> it's really important especially civic discourse in a small town to be able to put your point of view across without getting punished for it. >> reporter: but the website does not condone personal attacks. >> we're not so happy about seeing things where people are talking smack about each other, and when people inform us of things that go over the line we take care of it. >> reporter: topix did remove all of the hurtful postings about jennifer james but the damage has been done. >> i want to move. i want to be out of here by the first of the year. >> reporter: back in quaint and sleeping mountain grove, the mayor, who's also been a target, says a handful of people are giving his town a bad name. >> topix is a place for cowards that ñiis, are afraid to stop y on the square and say i've got a problem with you. >> reporter: and it's left a lot of locals wishing those
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anonymous posters would just take their gripes to a table at dee's. for "today," kevin tibles, nbc news, mountain grove, missouri. coming up next an irish farmer confronts rihanna after she goes topless on his property. that video coming up after this. ♪ [ female announcer ] nutri-grain -- one good decision... ♪ ...can lead to another. ♪ ♪ with real fruit, more of the whole grains your body needs, and a good source of fiber. nutri-grain can help you eat better all day. ♪ hush, little baby ♪ don't you cry ♪ soon the sun ♪ is going to shine
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basically half naked, what would you do? >> i would give her about an hour to get off my property. [ laughter ] >> well, apparently alan graham, 61, owner of a farm in ireland where she was shooting a video didn't like it. >> he's an alderman, has four kids. put yourself in his shoes. >> i tried to, imagining it for a while. he literally said he's deeply religious and didn't want her there. >> she did ask for and got permission but it sounded like he didn't know exactly who was on his property or maybe he didn't have access to google because he was shocked to see her in such a state of undress. >> what i like is he instructed her to bush up on her bible reading before he let her go bye-bye. anyway, much more coming up including this michael jackson trial after your local news. major medical, boyyyy!
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>> this is it wbal tv 11 news today and baltimore. >> good morning, i am mindy basara at 7:56. let's check on your morning commute. >> good morning, we are still looking at problems in howard county with two accidents along westbound 32 and another one at broken land parkway and snowden river parkway. we have a crash in done doc and
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have the delays around the area at 20 miles per hour. delays are reaching reisterstown to edmonton. 39 miles per hour on i-295 and worse once you get closer to the beltway. on the outer loop from bel air to the harrisburg expressway they have delays and the inner loop on your way to 95. a atave an accident in jopp the mountain road. we'll show you what is going on on the west side of the beltway. this is a live view of traffic on i-70. want to get close to the beltway, you start to tap the brakes. >> so far, the weather has not been to bed around baltimore with low clouds, fog, and drizzle but heavier rain will come up from the south.
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jackson's doctor has a lot of people talking. will it captivate the country the way o.j.'s criminal trial did? we have his famous family inside the courtroom and fans gathered outside. we'll talk with a couple of people used to dealing with these things in a couple of minutes. >> that's right, matt. on a very different note, like a lot of parents, i'm becoming one of these people making care packages for my daughter who went off to college but the repertoire is very limited, rice krispie treats and chocolate chip cookies that come in the bag. who is here none other than martha stewart to help us make better care packages for our kids. >> how to make your kid's fashion sense work for you at any age. >> lot to get to. let's head over to the news desk, natalie is on assignment and we have samantha guthrie. michael jackson's personal assistant testifies at the trial of jackson's doctor, conrad
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murray. prosecutors played an audio recording from murray's phone from what they said was a drugged up jackson. two days later murray placed another massive quantity for propofol. the defense claims murray was trying to wean jackson off of that jack and jackson himself self-administered the fatetal dose. much more coming up. president obama wrapped up his three-day western swing tuesday urging the audience at a denver high school to call their members of congress and urge him to pass his $450 billion jobs bill. in the meantime new jersey governor chris christie appeared to leave open the possibility for running for the presidential nomination. christie cited his own record as an example of how to solveñi washington's problems.
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a fugitive hijacker married a woman in portugal, raised two children. from a new jersey prison where he had been serving time for murder and two years later he and other militants hijacked a jet in miami, demanded that fbi agents strip down before delivering a $1 million ransom, and then they flew to algeria. congress has sent the president a bill to keep funding going for government research on autism. it authorizes nearly $700 million over three years for research into the causes of autism and treatments for it. now for a look at what's trending today, quick roundup oc what has you talking online. as we mentioned earlier, fans are googling rihanna's run-in with an irish farmer. she had permission to romp through his field for a video shoot but when rihanna dropped her top he blew his stack and asked her to leave. hallmark is generating buzz
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with its expanded line for those losing a job. and check out this viral video forñr rosh hoshanah, the jewish new year that begins at sunset. the spoof of party rock anthem was shot in the old city in jerusalem and urges young people to partyñi like it's 5772. it's 8:04, back to matt and ann >> very inventive, 5772. so much i had to throw my pen i was so excited. >> hold yourself together, savannah. >> party like it's 5772. >> savannah thank you so much. let's head outsigh for a check of the weather from al. >> friends from the friendship collegiate academy. where are you located? >> washington, d.c. >> whoa, good looking group, very nice. good looking guys, thank you, and gals. let's check your weather, topeka, kansas, nbc 27, sunny,
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warm, 54 degrees -- i should say 84 degrees and we've got up thatter level low spinning around the great lakes, got a few hours here in the northeast, could be some thunderstorms moving in, we're looking at a lot of sunshine out west, beautiful day in seattle, 67. 85 degrees and morning fog in los angeles. heavy rain along the mid-atlantic coast, could be flash flooding from central pennsylvania on into interior new york state. fit 4 algebra, yes! seventh graders doing algebra i have no idea what >> good morning, we will see off and on showers or thunderstorms and it won't be steady but some storms could drop heavy amounts of rain. you might get a p
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>> and that's your latest weather. ann? >> thank you so much, al. coming up next will the trial of michael jackson's doctor captivate america the way the o.j. simpson criminal trial did? we'll talk about that after this.
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the trial on more of michael jackson's personal physician, held in the same city and same courthouse as o.j. simpson's high profile trial. will this case become another trial of the century? here's nbc's lee cowan. >> the mere mention of o.j. simpson outside the l.a. courthouse tuesday brought groans to journalists old enough to have covered that trial. >> slow down just a second. >> reporter: on the very same sidewalk back in 1994, day in and day out covering o.j., a legal groundhog day like few others. there's a temptation already to compare that circus with this one. the trial of michael jackson's doctor, conrad murray. even the courtroom scenes look eerily similar. the impersonators, banners, t-shirts and messages even in the sky. some say that's where the similarities end. >> this will probably be the
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trial of the year. i don't think it will be the trial of the century. >> reporter: the o.j. case was an obsession for some, there was intrigue, mystery, a tragic whodunit, but the death of michael jackson is either a case about medical negligence, as the prosecution contends or a self-inflicted overdose, as the defense maintains. >> in the o.j. simpson trial, there were camps, is he guilty, is he innocent? there were arguments, there were racial divisions, there were class divisions. in this case, it's just sort of a fascination about michael jackson, his life and his death. >> reporter: there's no glove that doesn't fit, no expensive shoe prints no, missing murder weapon. still there is a flair for the dramatic. prosecutors have already showed the jury a picture of jackson's lifeless body and played his recorded voice, too. they say under the influence of drugs. >> when people leave my show, i want them to say, i've never
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seen nothing like this in my life. >> reporter: at the very least we may have learned something from the case. the jurors in the conrad murray trial are not sequestered like the simpson jury is in part the judge says so they won't feel trapped. how can they avoid this? >> was it an accident, you wait until you call 911? >> reporter: tv coverage is wall to wall just like o.j. but in this new age of smartphones and social networking sites, conrad murray's trial is showing up in places that o.j. simpson never imagined. ♪ all i want to say is that they don't really care about us ♪ >> reporter: after all, jackson was the king of pop and also the king of spectacle. while the case may not divide a nation it does have a nation very curious. for "today," lee cowan, nbc news, los angeles. >> msnbc's martin bashir interviewed michael jackson in
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2003, lola ogua committee, does this compare, could it rival the o.j. simpson trial, martin in. >> me first? >> yes. >> i don't think it will, because i think that the prosecution have played their most effective card on the first day. they showed two things, one, a shocking and disturbing series of photographs of mr. jackson when he was alive the day before and then suddenly deceased on a gurney, and the second thing is, they played that sound tape, which was also equally disturbing. i don't know what else they have apart from the arguments about medical negligence. >> lola, what do you think? >> i don't this i it will be the trial of the century at all. i believe it will be the trial of the year. maybe not even. who could rival casey anthony? >> right. >> the trials tend to get a lot of play because they're basically reality shows at large. >> you say about his final days. this isn't a trial about conrad
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murray. this is a trial of michael jackson. if you asked 100 people what's the guy's name who is on trial in the michael jackson case? i would say 50%, 60% probably don't know his name. >> that's why this trial is not so much about the content, it's about the legacy of a cultural  icon. people will be fighting over the memory of this man, and it will either give gris tt to the viewe used drugs persistently? >> this going to harm the legacy of the pop star? >> the defense has to paint him as an insomniac junkie who went doctor shopping. people came to rediscover michael jackson after his death as an artist, celebrated entertainer performer. >> controversial. >> controversial but came to appreciate his music. now we have to hear the tawdry details of a career that was
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just undergoing rehabilitation. >> michael jackson's family will be in court quite often. >> and tweeting and latoya jackson has been tweeting inside the courtroom. >> i don't know if all of them will be in court every single day becausele this be a complex and probably prolonged series of legal arguments. i think that will have an effect but also remember this is a character. people keep saying oh well it's going to be like casey anthony. casey anthony's status was defined by the trial. michael jackson is a cultural icon way before this trial, 30
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>> there was a waiting list. >> that's the status of jackson. >> 250,000 people wanted to buy tickets. >> martin bashir defending the "today" show, there is the headline. thanks very much. up next, martha stewart teaches ann how to bake cookies, seriously, right after this. one's new cash rewards card gives you a 50 percent annual bonus.
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martha on "today" is brought to you by macy's, the martha stewart collection is now available only at macy's and on macys.com. this morning on martha on "today," care packages for your college students like many moms when my daughter left for the first time earlier this month i started a whole new chapter in my life and i'm a baker but every week i'd whip up a batch to send but i'm only sending two recipes. martha stewart here and has her cookie app. >> did ma kenzie complain she was bored? >> no she didn't but you can
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only make rice krispie treats and bounis from packages so many times. >> we created the cookie book and the cookie app available for the ipad. it's so good. >> you're making the heart sandwich cookie. >> this is a beautiful cookie, oatmeal and whole wheat flour. >> some healthiness. >> filled with nutela the hazel nut cream or any jelly. >> it looks hard. >> roll out between two pieces of parchment, makes it a much easier thing, they won't stick and you un, take off the parchment, larger than two inch and you can cut. >> if you make, the heart is a sweet message, but it's for your, sort of feeling homesick maybe? >> just use a little offset spatula. cut them all close, don't waste
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any. then you bake them on parchment and it's easy to bake, just at 325 for 20 minutes and when they come out they look like this. here's the love nutella. she she like nutella? >> i don't know of any kid that doesn't. it's a sure winner. >> they like jam and jelly. >> spread this, put two cookies together and let it harden and ready to pack up in a box. >> they look sturdy, easy to pack. i was going to move on but obviously you're going to make me finish this. i'm glad, there you go. >> one on the tray. >> that thick? >> that thick or thinner, doesn't matter, a hearty, good dough. here is another bar cookie. the whole half is divided into chewy bars, flat, crispy, and so this is a peanut butter dough. press that down flat in the pan.
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>> my hands are clean, i just washed them. >> we don't want another matt lauer thing. >> this looks like it would be easier because you wouldn't have to cut them all out right? >> this is so easy. press that all out into all the corners, then you spread jelly on top of the peanut butter dough. >> and bake them with the jelly on top of it i? >> spread the jelly that, looks good. they can be a little rough. >> spread the jelly on top? >> yes, you can do that. a little spatula here. >> mmm. all right. >> spread that. >> that's a nice strawberry, preservy thing. love the chunks. >> get a little bit more dough and crumble this over the jelly and then peanuts like that. >> and then you bake that on top. let's see how they come out in front. those are beautiful, you slice them up, easy to package. couple minutes left keep going.
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>> to make cookies the same size use an ice cream scoop and press hard and get a nice ball, roll it into a ball and put it on the baking sheet. use, over here, okay. and press with the bottom of a glass. >> look at that. >> i've oiled the bottom a tiny bit, you can put a little butter on the bottom. >> that gives them the right shape. >> the nice thick, this is like a shortbread with lots of pecans, simple four ingredients. >> they come out looking like these, the pecan sandies. >> chocolate chip look at this. >> oh my lord. >> sent in a tin like that. >> i'm worried about packaging these up and how they're not going to break. >> the secret for packaging in a tin you put a little piece of parchment and bubble wrap. >> i see bubble wrap between them. >> put it like that and another piece and your cookies will, then you cover them. the tighter they are the better
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but don't press down and put this inside another box with lots of bubble, two inches of packing material around, recycle, nice little package like this can go right to your daughter. >> you used newspapers. >> stuff from ather package. we're all ordering online we get a lot of packing materials, don't throw them away. save. >> look at this "x" and "o" a kiss and hugger your children. >> put them into sill feign bags, pack them in a tin, another box with bubbles. your daughter will be happy. >> yeah, martha, thank you so much. i'm so excited. >> your daughter will love this. >> more after this.
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>> live, local, late-breaking - this is a wbal-tv 11 news update. >> good morning, i am mindy basara at 8:26. let's check on the morning commute. >> we are trying to wrap up this rush hour. we are still dealing with accents in columbia. westbound 32 at clark's boonville pike. and broken land parkway. we're looking at it slow on 295
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approaching 100 down to route 50 and delays on southbound 95 through howard county. in the dundalk, watch for an accident delays are starting to happen on the southbound jfx, 50 miles per hour on the outer loop from reisterstown down toward edmundston. -- 15 miles per hour on the outer loop from reisterstown down toward edmundston. 19 miles per hour and southbound 95 coming out of the northeast and the slow still unsettled than 83 from york down to mount carmel. this is what it looks like on the west side with delays all the way down. this is 95 at white marsh toward the split. >> we are watching some heavy rain coming in from the south.
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we can see some heavy rain moving into howard county around columbia and that will travel up 95 into baltimore's city. leave early if you can because the brain will get steadier and heavier. you might get a peek at the some late in the day and a high temperature will be around 78 degrees. it will clear up over the weekend but we will of a chance of rain tomorrow. >> thank you for joining us and we will have another update at 8:55.
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8:30 now on this wednesday morning. the 28th day of september, 2011, and right now our crowd is getting an up close and personal look at emmy winning actress
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meredith hargitay. we're asking people to bring pens, papers and calculators to give to students who basically will have them and teachers who won't have to spend their own money to buy them. to learn more how you can take part head to the website at today.com. also a makeover for a minnesota school that was heavily damaged by a tornado. jenna bush hager teamed up with george oliphant to share a story about their community. >> did you realize americans drink 400 million cups of coffee every day? >> i just did that. have you ever wondered where does the coffee come from and why does the double latte cost too much? and if a train leaves pittsburgh -- anyway, we'll take
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an opening eye at that. also a new survey on our website, we're asking the key question how strong do you believe your marriage is? so you can come on, take part in the survey. i understand it is anonymous and we will go through the results next week on the show. >> it's always useful on that topic. let's interrupt what we're doing and talk to nick offerman, plays ron swanson on nbc's "parks and recreation." nick, great to have you here. >> thanks for having me. >> are' kind of inyou're kind o of tammys. >> it's more dangerous than the bermuda triangle. >> your mother in this sitcom is named tammy, first wife is named tammy and second wife's name is -- >> tammy, yes. i long for the comforts of the bermuda triangle, when i see the tammys coming. >> you get audited by the irs on top of everywhere else. >> ron swanson's ultimate nightmare. >> you have ever been audited in
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real life? >> not yet. >> what's your social security number? >> it ends in 72. >> does it? >> that's all you're getting. >> talk to me a little bit about working with all of the ladies, these funny ladies. >> one of whom is your real wife in real life. >> and my comedy hero. it was unbelievable. i don't know what i did right to be cast as a guy who could have one magle mulally, patricia clarkson. it's only in a comedy could i be married to these beautiful women. >> congratulations and not only did you host the television critics association awards, you actually won one of the awards. >> thank you, yeah, it was a slow year. i got in. >> are you sure you won or did you get to read the name on the envelope? >> i did not get to read the name. >> no? >> but i did tie, i came in, in a tie with ty burrell from modern family. >> a tie for ty. >> we shook hands and remained
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friends. >> thanks for making us smile, here this morning and also on your show. great to have you. nick offerman, thanks. catch all new "parks and recreation" tomorrow night at 8:30/7:30 central time right here on nbc. let's get a check of the weather from mr. roker. >> today's weather from education nation's plaza is brought to you by microsoft who believes every student has a right to a quality education and the technology wi >> good morning, we will see off and on showers or thunderstorms and it won't be steady but some storms could drop heavy amounts of rain. you might get a p
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>> and that's your latest weather. nbc news, as we've been telling you all week, education nation has been focusing on america's kids and the importance of early childhood education. how do you make sure your kid gets a great preschool experience that they deserve? cornelia drummond is the executive director of the first five years. good morning. >> good morning. >> what should parents look for when looking for a preschool? >> a number of things they can look for. first of all children learn through relationships so they want to try to take a tour of any early childhood center that they're considering. look for the interactions between the teacher and the children. children need to feel secure, respected connected, are things at eye level in the classroom, you don't want more than 20 kids in the classroom, need to be two
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adults there, is there professional development opportunities for the teachers to get ongoing training. it's not just baby sitting. >> how do you get your kids ready? >> you read to them all the time at least 20 minutes a day starting when they're young, talking to them, even before they can talk to you. >> cornelia drummond, executive director of the first five years fund thank you so much. >> thank you, al. let's say hello to uncle willy scott. >> ahh, the wheel of life spins on. all of my birthday buddy, ought to get together and see who is next on the other side of the jar, get my glasses. this is methylmccroskey in portland, org organiegon, 103 a loves to do exciting games and also loves to read, secret to longevity? never, never, never ever lose
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faith. good line. good line. i love this, sabina burns, isn't that romantic, sbabina burns of palm harbor, florida florida, 101 years old. avid reader, 400, 500 books she read one time i think in a couple of months, scrabble, reading, all sorts of mind things. keep the mind sharp. roger arthur, great name for a news man of lebanon, ohio, 100 years old today, proud world war ii vet and he likes to read, too, finishes i think an average of 15 books a month, it says. can you believe that? i'm not a great reader, i wish i were. too bad, anyway, lillian, ah, lily, lily. lillian anderson from hicksville, new york, 100 years old today and she loves to bake. and she absolutely adore it is.
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2002 was the last year she worked as a volunteer in the home. and stella curts of frankfort, indiana, not kentucky. 106 years old and she loves to work on jigsaw puzzles, another thing to keep the mind sharp and still likes to read. she's got a great sense of humor, she'd have to, to watch our show. anyway, joe rudolph, he's from lauderhill, florida, 100 years old today and he loves to sing and he likes to write songs. how about that, you can't beat that combination. well that's all for right now. i'm going to go clean my glasses and see you in a minute. >> will, thank you so much. coming up next, jenna bush hager on pitching in and giving the school badly damaged by a tornado a fresh lieu look but first this is "todt
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ñr education nation "today" proudly brought to you by university of phoenix because we believe an educated world is a better world. >> we're back now at 8:40, this morning on education nation today, a makeover with a real message, and it was badly needed after a tornado at the end of the last school year tore apart a are the chaer school in northern minneapolis. "today" contributing correspondent jenna bush hager is here with details oen this. good morning. >> good morning, matt, with he teamed up with george oliphat from lxtv's "george the rescue" in order to give these kids a new place to nourish both their bodies and their minds. it was late last may when deadly tornadoes crashed through northern minneapolis, homes were destroyed, trees uprooted and for the 350 students at the k through six charter school sojourner school academy classes came to an abrupt halt.
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>> the roof was damaged and the irtire gym flooded and i got sad and felt like crying. >> reporter: in less than a minute 90% of the roof destroyed and interior flooded leaving behind half a million dollars in damages. >> the tornado hit the school and we didn't get to finish the school year and i was kind of sad. >> reporter: and yet, they considered themselves lucky, in one very important way. since it was sunday, the school was closed. >> we had over 90 windows in the building break. it would have been a tragedy not just a disaster. >> reporter: tell me a little bit about this community here. >> to this community we're in north minneapolis, a vibrant community, lots of different races living together but it's also a community that has seen its share of difficulties. >> reporter: so for some of these students, school is their safe haven. >> we've got a handful of kids that are homeless in shelters now, some of it's due to the tornado and some of it's just whatever situation they're in. >> reporter: what's it like for those kids? >> it's nice for them to have a
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space like school to come to, with where they want to come and they enjoy it and know when they walk in the doors they're valued and cared about and their teachers love them. >> reporter: while insurance covered most of the repairs there was work to be done. we joined forces with george oliphant to fix one room essential to any school building, the cafeteria. what are we going to do? >> floor to ceiling renovation, rip down the floors, new ceilings, new light, no paint. >> it's hot. >> got to throw in air conditioning. one, two, three, rescue! >> reporter: two two weeks george and his team worked on reforming this room located into the basement for a multipurpose for lunch and learning. teachers are going to be able to use this in so many ways. it's awesome. so we got a little distracted while working. i love myself a power tool. >> perfect. you think right here? >> reporter: awe you had. >> waste, bottles, cans,
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plastics. >> reporter: for the finishing touch we'll stop by this second grade class to pick up second grade arts. >> this is where the tree lit my house? >> reporter: did you have to move? >> let's build a school. >> your art in the brand new cafeteria. what do you think? we can hear the kids. >> yeah, this is when your heart gets going, get excited. >> reporter: i kind of have butterflies. >> one, two, three! >> yeah! >> reporter: you're on tv. >> we've been through so much especially with the tornado and to have something brand new, i can't even imagine how they must feel. >> awesome!
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this is like, like heaven. >> reporter: keep learning. you can learn even in this room. >> enjoy it, all right? >> reporter: yeah! >> guys, thank you so much. >> reporter: whoa, whoa! the smiles on the kids faces say it all but there's actual research that confirms that the way a school looks and feels helps give the kids the confidence to learn and grow. >> it's not just superficial, if you like your surroundings, you will be encouraged to spend more time there, and enjoy your time there more. >> exactly. we obviously have to thank the man that did it all. >> how much time did you spend there, george? >> three weeks, three weeks at the school. it was amazing walking down the halls every day, doing high fives with the kids. i felt like i was back in school, so it was such a rewarding experience and then jenna came in and brought some pop to the project. >> came in for a little pop.
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>> came in for a little pop. okay. got it. >> a power tool -- >> she's great with the drill, she can be on the rescue any time. >> i will hold you to that. >> thank you very much. watch the entire project unfold this season on "george to the rescue" check your local listings on that and up next we're going to catch up with law and order svu's mariska hargitay, but first this is "today"
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♪ i love that tune. it is now 8:48, we're back with emmy winning mariska hargitay, stars as detective olivia benson on nbc's "law and order svu" in its 13th season. this week the special unit must uncover the truth about a well respected basketball coach accused of sexually abusing his star players. take a look. >> most of these kids get one
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chance at a future. i'm in a position to help them. we get very close. >> that's a lot of power. >> my foundation, my whole life is about helping these kids. >> you think the law can't touch you, coach? >> ooh, good morning. >> good morning. >> i love this about your character, she's so strong. if i can be really honest, why i think this show has lasted, what, 13th season, women want to see strong women i think in prime time. you really fit that bill but this show is changing now because chris maloney is no longer partner. >> he was my partner for 12 years, it was devastating and a huge, huge, huge adjustment. i missed him and had a couple of really rough months but you know the show is in a very exciting place. there's so much newness to the show, new characters and new show runner so everything feels very fresh and there's all kinds of new dialics going on and as an actor it's exciting.
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>> how is it changing the story? how is that moving the story? >> well you know, for example, with me olivia is in a different place, somebody who was, you know, focused on the victims and completely compassionate and i think we're seeing a very different olivia that has different issues to deal with, and so that's been fun and challenging again as an actor and with the new characters coming in, brings a whole new set of circumstances. >> you're feeling there's a chance for olivia to sort of grow into new directions which is exciting. >> absolutely. >> i want to ask you about something else because as we keep talking about that, but i want to ask you about this joyful heart foundation because this has meant something to you. you started this, it's basically after you received fan mail talking about rape victims after dealing with male sexual abuse. this happens one in every six cases of rape it's a man? >> the foundation started, i started the foundation in 2004 because people were, in fact, disclosing to me and i felt like i loved that the show was so
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courageous in dealing with sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, all issues that people don't want to deal with, and obviously women are the most violated in terms of statistics but this show and the reason i was so excited to come on the show is to promote the show tonight because not only is it an extremely powerful episode, but it deals with male sexual assault, which is something that people just don't talk about. which is really scary and we need to talk about is it's a perfect way to start a conversation, and as parents what we want to do is teach our children how to protect themselves and how to see the signs if something happens and one of the things that's so upsetting about male sexual abuse with children is that oftentimes it is indeed somebody, a role model, somebody you trust, a teacher, an uncle, a priest, whoever it is, so it's really exciting because it's something that happens and tonight is a great way to introduce the subject.
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>> mariska hargitay thank you so much. we want to mention the joyful heart foundation we have more information on our website and catch "law and order svu" tonight at 10:00/9:00 central time on nbc. that's right, first this is "today" on nbc, boom, boom!
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had your morning cup of coffee yet?
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has it become something exotic and expensive? cnbc's scott wapner is here with his new documentary "the coffee addiction." >> did you have your coffee today? >> i did. >> i did as well. colorado, to see how a coffee bean makes it all the way into your cup. it's a passion, an addiction, a shot in the arm for a nation short on sleep. >> there you go, have a good one. >> reporter: and a drink that spans generations. >> when you have two little kids you drink coffee. >> when i get up in the morning mommy has to have a cup of coffee. >> reporter: americans drink up to 400 million cups of coffee a day but as you sip your morning cup of joe, you probably never give much thought to how it gets to your cup. >> coffee is an amazing product. >> reporter: phil beattie thinks about it all the time as a coffee buyer outside of seattle. >> most of the time i'm
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traveling around south america, south africa, the pacific to find the very best coffees. >> reporter: we accompanied b t beatty to the jungle of peru where the supply chain begins. we'll cross this river and begin hiking to the coffee farm. our six-mile hike is grimy and grubby, with mud so sticky and deep, you could lose a shoe or your sanity. that was no joke. here's the coffee right here on the trees. coffee beans actually come from trees that take about five years to bear fruit, and thrive in this jungle climate. >> this cherry has two coffee beans. i like to see a lot of ripe cherries at the same time. this will have most of the sweetness. >> it will take these same coffee beans two months and
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4,000 miles to reach the states, a costly price for phil beatty. the price goes up to $3.83 per pound after the shipment. after they are pokaged the cost is now $7, add in marketing and distribution cost and he's up to $10.50. finally after accounting for overhead and profit, the retail price of phil beatty's high quality coffee beans comes to $14.70 a pound. >> the stakes are very high, the competition among u.s. roasters to find the very best coffee is very tight and if i'm not here i guarantee you somebody else will be to get the best coffee for their customers. >> live, local, late-breaking - this is a wbal-tv 11 news update. >> good morning, the time is
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showers and thunderstorms likely through the rest of the morning and early afternoon hours and they could drop heavy amounts of grain locally. the high temperature today will be around 78 degrees and there is a chance of rain tomorrow and the chance of rain drops over the weekend. >> thank of rejoining us and we will have another water -- will have another water -- weather update
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